Bill Keller Steps Down; Won’t Write Book About NYT

By Jason Boog Comment

New York Times executive editor Bill Keller will be replaced by his deputy, Jill Abramson. Keller plans to write a column for the Sunday opinion section and work as a full time writer for the newspaper.

Keller made one thing clear: “I won’t be writing a book about The New York Times.” On Twitter, Keller recently launched the hashtag “Twitter Makes You Stupid,” comparing social networks to “crystal meth” in a provocative essay.

Here’s more from the paper: “Ms. Abramson will be the first woman to be editor in the paper’s 160-year history … Her selection is something of a departure for The Times, an institution that has historically chosen executive editors who have ascended the ranks through postings in overseas bureaus and managing desks like Foreign or Metropolitan.”

As for Mr. Keller’s plans, he said he was still working out the details of a column he will write for the paper’s new Sunday opinion section, which will be introduced later this month. He did rule one project out. “,” he said.”